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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1972-03-05

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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1972-03-05

Set 1

Bertha, Black Throated Wind, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree, Greatest Story Ever Told, Next Time You See Me, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Mexicali Blues, You Win Again, El Paso, Casey Jones

Set 2

Good Lovin', Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: One More Saturday Night

American Indian Benefit - Other artist(s): GD; NRPS; Yogi phlegm

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA

Source SBD -> Cassette Master -> Cassette -> Cassette -> Dat -> CD
Lineage CD -> Cool Edit Pro v2.0 -> Samplitude Professional v10.22 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Reviewer: tree-ap03 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2017
Subject: more '72 gold...
The Grateful Dead were able to spin straw into gold on the best of nights, but this just just another in a series of the TRULY SPECTACULAR shows during this calendar year. Yes, there are plenty of other performances that make this one pale in comparison. But like every show at Winterland, they always seemed to rise to a level of performance quality that made even "bad" shows there better than great shows at another venue; they seemed to give everything that little something extra that really comes through in the performance.

Other reviews --- distorted recording? Well...... there is a bit of wow & flutter in the playback, but I have tapes that I now consider unlistenable that I practically wore out listening too; remember to try & gain a different perspective in life & you'll come up with a different answer. Soundboard recording? The AUDIENCE portions all seem to be during the tunings, though there are parts of songs that are as well. But for the most part, all of the songs are soundboard, but there has been some degradation/generations that have affected the recording quality.

My only complaint is there's not quite enough jamming, but considering the brevity of the show they rose to the occasion just fine. Peace & Love everyone, Peace & Love.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavorite - March 6, 2013
Subject: --
Distorted recording, sounds very ugly.
Reviewer: erik65 - favorite - March 5, 2013
Subject: mislabeled as a SBD
This is an audience recording, as evidenced by the SCREAMING members of the, um, AUDIENCE near the mic's. If you don't like people screaming in your ear, you might not like this recording.
Reviewer: mickyrat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2013
Subject: MLBjam begins...
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2012
Subject: You Win Again
Skip to Tennessee Jed, You Win Again, Casey Jones
or Not Fade Away to hear Ron's organ.

Hardly seems like a soundboard.

Sounds more like Weir than Wavy Gravy.
Reviewer: Mooding - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2010
Subject: good ear Lightning Owl
just listened to this for the first time tonight and that MLB jam just jumped right out at me, since I recently saw one performed by String Cheese in Oregon with Bill Frisell. That's on Archive" rel="nofollow"> inside of 'Country Road Blues.'

Anyway this little jam predates the full appearance six months later, but it didn't catch on until October '73.
Reviewer: Gr8fulTed - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2010
Subject: Who's that guy at the start of China Cat?
i believe the vivid commentary at the beginning of China Cat Sunflower is done by Wavy Gravy....
Reviewer: Lightning Owl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2010
Subject: Good lovin' early MLB theme
This is a vigorous show notable for early versions of many tunes, most notably BTW, TN Jed, and a spirited You Win Again infinitely more enthusiastic than the E72 version. The Good Lovin features an extended flirtation with what would be known as the Mind Left Body Jam, many months before the Baron Von Tollbooth sessions. I suspect that this is a show wherein the band were so sufficiently thrilled by new song material that longer exploratory jams were just not in the cards.

Does anyone know (remember) who is rapping in the beginning of China-Cat?
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2009
Subject: Pre Europe72 Benefit Has Its Moments
The band, fresh from recording Weir's solo album "Ace" in the studio, was sloppy at times -- perhaps because there was no pressure on them to perform. Surprisingly, it features much spirited playing. This is an exposition of a band totally within their element and having too much fun -- regardless of their flubs and malaprops.

This recording: it sounds like Bear, Bob and Betty were all sort of absent from attending to the levels of this SBD, probably due to having to spend their time addressing other more needful equipment technicalities. There are a few splices in various places of other soundboard or audience recordings meticulously crafted by someone, maybe CM?

Obviously, the songs off Ace they do are very well rehearsed. The sampling of stage patter indicates they were yelling back and forth at one another, in pure fun.

It took my ears a while to EQ to the sound quality of this presentation but once I adjusted to the suppressed jumbled hissy sound it was adequate merely upon strength of the band's performance, which was mercurially in and out hot.

Really fantastic to hear Blue Ron and Keith mixing it up keyboard-style amongst their contingency with pizzazz.

Was an attendee of this show along with my usual cohorts. Yogi Phlegm (formerly Sons of Champlin) and the New Riders both played lengthy set(s).

At first, we were dismayed at the prospects of TWO opening acts playing so long because we knew that it would cut into the Dead's playing time due to curfew.

However, Yogi Phlegm was proverbially drenched in diamond dust. They were so great that we screamed for them to do 3 encores. They quickly and totally turned our disappointment into glee.

Then, the New Riders got up and did two short sets and were absolutely fantastic. After their performance it no longer mattered how well the Dead played. We were saturated with that good old fashioned medicated glue. And, with this subset, the Dead would do no wrong, so they got up there and smashmouthed their way through one more Sunday night.

Wonderful again to hear Blue Ron lead us thru a spectacular and provocative Good Lovin' -- easily the highlight of the show.

This is not a great show and it is not a great recording and it is very difficult to reward it any more than 3 stars. Nun the less, I had to give it a 5 stars because...because...because...

Yes, because I am an idiot!

Thank you again, Mister Charlie (Miller), for pointing out my foibles.
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